The State Auditor finds problems in California’s handling of federal grants for homeland security.
How would California respond to a terrorist attack? RAND imagined a nuclear blast at the Port of Long Beach, and then studied what the impact would be.
California is home to three of the four busiest container ports in the nation. The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is the largest port in the country by value and the fifth-largest container port in the world. So no state has a greater interest in issues of security at ports, which are potentially vulnerable to terrorist attack. The issue also has a far broader impact than merely port communities, since ports can be entry points for weapons that might be used to attack other communities. The Public Policy Institute of California takes a broad look at port security.
“California is as vulnerable as Louisiana, and perhaps equally unprepared for a catastrophic event.” That sobering assessment of our preparedness for a natural disaster comes from the state’s Little Hoover Commission in a report that should provide some fuel for proponents of the fall bond issue.
How prepared is California for a public health emergency, such as a bioterrorism attack? The Trust for America’s Health gives the state a 5 on a scale of 0 to 10. The best states got an 8, the worst a 2.
Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism